How to Buy Wines Online and Game the System​​

 January Special DEALS on Red Wines

At www.wtso.com   
Look for 30-40% off this month’s Bonus Sale with free shipping on all orders.

We suggest the following:

2014 Robert Young Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley, $24.99
2013 Metz Road Pinot Noir, Monterey, $14.99
2012 Happy Canyon Red (Bordeaux Blend), Santa Barbara, $16.99

From www.invino.com  
Two Unbeatable Deals:

2016 Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvée, (mostly Merlot) $14.99

2014 Buehler Vineyards Zinfandel, $13.99

www.vivino.com Enjoy some Old Vine Velvet:
2014 Sivas-Sonoma, Old Vine Zinfandel, $15.99, free shipping on 6

 And a slick,cult-like Pinot:
2014 Waterfall, Pinot Noir, Walala Vyd, Sonoma $39.99


Super deal on excellent Oregon Pinot:
2015 Hyland Estate, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $24 on a case; $26 for 6 bottles, shipping included.

2015 La Storia Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley, $21.98

Best January Winery Direct Sale


Super Sale of Terre Rouge & Easton

2010 TERRE ROUGE Enigma ~ $25 reg./ $13.25 sale
2009 TERRE ROUGE Viognier ~ $25 reg./ $13.25 sale
2012 EASTON Cabernet Franc ~ $28 reg./ $17.50 sale
2006 TERRE ROUGE Syrah, Sentinel Oak  ~ $40 reg./ $20 sale
2009 TERRE ROUGE Syrah, Wilderotter ~ $32 reg./ $17.50 sale
2005 EASTON Zinfandel, Rinaldi ~ $30 reg. /$15 sale
2007 EASTON Zinfandel, Estate ~ $35 reg./ $18.75 sale

Case purchases only, but you can mix and match.

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Whether you are new to wine or a long-time collector, whether you are on a modest budget or are among the one-percenters, this Guide offers lots of good stuff:

Best deals of the day
Helpful background information
 Insider tips
 Money-saving buying strategies
Ratings & evaluations of the major sites
Frequent updates

Vivino Update

This site now claims 28 million subscribers who happily offer “crowd-sourcing” reviews. It is hard to put much faith in these reviews, but obviously, 28 million think sharing wine reviews is worth their time.

A few months ago, I downgraded this site because its wines for sale selections were unexciting and nothing I would buy or recommend.

Well, things change fast in the online world.  Starting around Thanksgiving, the wines listed were no longer your ordinary online wines, and, as a result,  the discounts also were very enticing.

Best news: it wasn’t just a change to cash in on the crazy Holiday shopping.

Someone must have stuck a firecracker up their app, but In addition to a few deeply discounted fantastic wines each week, vivino has entered the high-end market.

In a good way! Here one can find wines from Colgin, Hundred Acres, Phelps, Duckhorn, Caymus Special Selection, Stags Leap, and, get this, 2011 Biondi-Santi Brunello.

The most recent offering of ‘14 Banshee Napa Cab for $29.99 was a great find. What really got my attention was a Mt. Veeder Cab from the Y Rousseau winery, an excellent small producer soon to be discovered by others.  As for value, the ‘15 Farm Collective Cab at $14.99 is hard to beat.

Sure enough; Vivino has evolved and now has a Vivino Market, a paid membership with free shipping on every order. Membership gives you early access to special deals, some at 50% off retail. After a free trial period, membership is $47 a year.

Coincidentally, that is one buck less than the annual membership at wine.com. Let the games begin!

Savvy Online Wine Shopping 101

As I see it, this Guide is a cross between a website and a newsletter.

Given the fast-changing nature of the subject, it will be regularly revised and updated.

With wine, there is no such thing as a gifted palate or a natural born taster. 

There are no right or wrong answers about what to drink and when to drink a wine you like.

More expensive wines are not necessarily better than cheaper wines.

 Older wines are not better than young wines, and there never has been any system devised that can guarantee wine quality.

Real Discounts or Bogus Prices?

In the familiar digital world of coupons, member discounts and promo codes, we still need to ask ourselves: “How can online wine dealers knock 30%-70% off retail prices?

That’s a reasonable question to raise and it’s normal to be a little skeptical.

It is also normal to wonder if the wines fell off the back of the truck, were left sitting on the Houston docks in July, are total crap, or are truly a treasure trove discovered in a dark cellar.

Here are several reasonable explanations...                

Are Wine Clubs for you?

Over the last three years I’ve been tracking many online wine clubs as part of my reporting on online wine retailers. As the direct to consumer clubs from wineries continue to grow, we are seeing an increase in independent clubs being offered by publications like the Wall Street Journal and airlines along with totally independent e-commerce businesses like the Wine of the Month Club, Vinesse, and Winc.

The Yelp-like reviews for these e-commerce only wine clubs are mixed and a few are downright hostile. 

Trending Winery Direct

Looking for A Special Wine Club?

Here is A Hidden Gem in the Silicon Valley Area:

Sarah’s Vineyard, Santa Clara Valley, Santa Cruz Mountain Appellation

Quick View:

Strong on small-batch Pinot Noir, Estate Chardonnay, and several Estate Rhone wines. A true artisan winery.

Pinot Noirs from 5-6 appellations….will please any Pinot fanatic.
Cozy and friendly, very modest facility with tons of country charm.

Members receive 3 wines 4 times a year and can select the type: red, white or mixed.

Prices are relatively modest, ranging from $20 for a few white wines to $48 for the high end Pinots.

Members receive a 25% discount on shipped wines; 20% off all other wines.

Wine tastings for members and your guests are comped.

Wonderful offering of tasting room exclusives….small batch wines.

Wine country feel as visitors pass through the small 28-acre estate vineyard as they meander up to the tasting center.

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Point Scores: Helpful or Pointless?


Once upon a time in a kingdom far away, only Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate and The Wine Spectator dueled over which one could score the most wines 90 points or more.

Then along came Stephen Tanzer, The Wine Enthusiast, Vinous and others to jump on the 100 point scoring system with a steady barrage of 90 point scores in their publications.  The result is total chaos.

Final Answer: Most often POINTLESS

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